|Dakar Rally 2014: Robby Gordon "did it again" on the podium - the jump.|
Robby Gordon and his Speed Energy / Toyo Tires "HST Gordini" (maybe a special name-mix between ´Gordon´ and his nearest rival ´Mini´) will be among 149 international competitors in the car category of the 35th Dakar Rally as it begins today.
The first 180 kilometers of the 5,522 that will make up the race will be contested in Stage 1. In addition, approximately 629 kilometers of an untimed road section must be covered before the timed “special section” which will immediately test each driver’s skill on narrow tracks requiring great concentration and caution.
This first part of the course, which will head west from Rosario, is considered “stony” with many blind jumps. While the 180 race kilometers (111 miles) on the first day is relatively short and will not spread the field greatly by time, it will be critical for Gordon or any driver to secure a top finish in order to start Monday’s second stage at the front of the field.
Gordon, navigator Kellon Walch and the entire Robby Gordon Off-Road team have been in Argentina since Dec. 28 making final preparations for Gordon’s 10th attempt to become the first American to win the famed race.
On Saturday evening during the ceremony start in Rosario, Gordon was nearly "harmful", just presenting his HST Gordini. But the audience shouted for a jump, like Gordon has (legendary) done the past years. First he don´t wanted to jump because the "landing area" was only 15 meters wide...but then the Dakar organization gave him a "go"...and he jumped "light" with less speed... well done, Robby!
2014/01/05 | 06:51 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/GORDON